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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Qwilfish

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
June 12, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.75
Limited: 3.50

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Qwilfish 

Sometimes cards that seem to be total rubbish can turn out to have an obscure and creative use. That’s what happened to Qwilfish, the card up for review today. 

Qwilfish does not seem a very promising card. An 80 HP non-evolving Basic that needs two Colourless Energy to attack for just 20 damage and poison. He does have that Counterattack Quills Ability which basically functions like Rocky Helmet, dealing 20 damage to your opponent’s Pokémon if he is attacked while active but . . . meh, no-one plays Rocky Helmet, do they? 

So, what use is this Pokémon? Well, some Japanese players have come up with a very innovative use for him, and it’s to do with Mega Evolution. The massive drawback of evolving to a Mega is the fact that it ends your turn without an attack. If you can put Qwilfish active on the turn you do it, it gives your opponent a bit of a dilemma: if they have no switching cards (Catcher, Lysandre), then they have to either pass their own attack or hit Qwilfish, and that 20 damage can put them in range of a KO from your Mega next turn. Mega Kangaskhan can now OHKO an EX with a Laser/Virbank combo and either Muscle Band, or a heads flip on Wham Bam Punch.  

It’s a little gimmicky, and I’m not sure how well it will translate into the game outside of Japan (where we play a different format and Kangaskhan isn’t quite so popular), but it’s a clever idea and it makes use of a Pokémon that was otherwise destined to hit the shoebox. 

Rating 

Modified: 2.75 (cute tech)

Limited: 3.5 (the Ability and the Poisoning can be super annoying here)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150
Qwilfish.
Unlimited 150 review.
 
Poor Qwilfish has never had a good card in any format and the few it has had have many similarities. This new Rare version in fact, is very similar to a common version from Secret Wonders but with an Ability that does 2 damage counters instead of 2 damage counter Poison and an attack that Poisons instead of Paralyses.
No one played the old, arguably better card so this one isn’t going to see play either. Sorry Qwilfish.
 
Rating: 1.5 (Kind of useless and doesn’t evolve into anything better.)


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